Samaritans push the message: It's good to talk
Only one in four people would approach someone if they looked upset, according to a new report launched by Samaritans Northern Ireland.
The first impact report for the Samaritans here was launched yesterday to encourage more people to talk openly about suicide ahead of World Suicide Prevention day tomorrow.
Catherine Brogan, Samaritans' executive director for Ireland, said: "People who are struggling can feel isolated and alone. They often want to talk about their suicidal feelings but don't know how to, or fear they will be judged. Talking through your feelings with someone else can make all the difference.
"More than 6,000 people die by suicide every year in the UK alone. When you bottle things up you can start to feel trapped."
The Samaritans answered 116,617 calls for help from vulnerable people in Northern Ireland last year.
Ms Brogan added: "Talking things through can help you find a way forward. It's not always about fixing a problem - sometimes it's simply about sharing it."
At the launch of the report at Stormont, Health Minister Simon Hamilton said: "Awareness of the early warning signs of mental health difficulties, early help seeking, and effective treatment are key to preventing more serious mental illness, considering that one in five adults in Northern Ireland will have a mental health condition at any one time, and around half of all women and one quarter of men will experience depression at some point in their lives."
- Anyone who needs help can call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, email firstname.lastname@example.org, text 07725 90 90 90 or visit www.samaritans.org